I got a journaling/coloring Bible about a month ago. I love adult coloring books and I had seen many pictures of others’ journaling Bibles. So I figured that it would be a fun thing to do and also enhance my bible study time. The problem is that I don’t really draw that well. It looks great when I color in what is already there created by someone who is a true artist. But if I try to draw something, it doesn’t look as good or it doesn’t look good to me. But it is kind of like someone who sings off key. God doesn’t care what they sound like. He only cares that they are singing out their love for Him. Those around you might not like it as much but loves it because it is the thought that counts not the sound.
So today I was doing my Bible study and flipping through the Bible to see what pictures I could color. Of course there are also pages that have blank space for me to draw or write my own things. I was reading Psalm 139:17 “How precious are your thoughts about me.” Isn’t it amazing that God, who has billions of people to think about thinks “precious” thoughts about ALL of us??!! Some people think that He is always looking down at us with a frown on his face waiting for us to screw up. Some think he can’t wait to bring his wrath down on our heads and give up on us when we don’t fall in line after so many chances. But that’s not true, the Bible says He is on our side, cannot be separated from us and has only “precious” thoughts about us.
So just like all of the jewels in the picture, we are beautiful to him. We are unique, colorful and precious. He cherishes each one of us and looks forward to caring for us and planning our futures. And just like some people don’t need the perfect voice to praise Him. I don’t need the perfect pictures in my Bible to please Him. He still thinks they are beautiful. So please, feel free to praise Him with a voice that is not perfect or draw and color with pictures that are not museum worthy. I write blog posts that are only read by 10-20 people a week but God still wants me to do it. And I know there are others like me who write just because they love to write not because anyone will read it.
I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11
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